gnomes - gnomes r all over fantasy fiction
bird-people - Valkyries, Griffons,
cow-people - Minotaurs
goat-people - The Devil, Baphomet, Witchcraft
bear-people - Norse myth and Legend
walrus-people - hmmm u got me! lol
"fabulous" male blood elves - Elves r all over fantasy fitctional, Tolkein anyone?
murlocs - u got me again! but fish hybrids r everywhere in fantasy gaming
Pandas are not anywhere in Western fantasy myth and legend although they are considered very lucking in China.
Basically, its not the introduction of a weird race into Wow that bothered people it was the lack of any traditional recognition of this particular race. The only comparison we can all make of Pandas is from Kung Fu Panda... not a good start for Blizzard lol
No it was just another reason for people to complain and jump the bandvagn.
If Panda's were reasons for someone to quit than that person is nothing but a hypocrite.
Because yea well...Panda's are just as childish as talking cows or any other race in the game.
Haters just hate and take every opportunity to voice it out, usually without any proper motivation.
goblins and gnomes are also very different, in wow they have a steampunk characterization.
comparing draenei with the devil or baphomet is streching it to infinity and beyond
with that criteria in standard rpg settings you have bugbears that are very similar to an anthropomorphized bear race.
bear men were already present in wow (furbolgs), but as a less intelligent and more savage race, heavily tied with the night elves. the pandaren are more anthropomorphized, more intelligent, with a deeper culture; more similar to current playable races overall. I don't see a problem with that personally.
I hate the Male Pandaren. I really do. I wish that everyone who plays one would have their account closed tomorrow so I won't have to see them anymore.
But no, I don't think that Pandaren had a significant effect on sales or subscriptions.
God, that's terrible. They almost look as bad as they already do. Look like a goddamn cross between a mole and an orc. Orcbearmole.Originally Posted by Gniral
I think Blizzard made a mistake in how they marketed Mists Of Pandaria. Instead of focusing on the darker, more complex elements of the expansion, they focused on the lighter, more trivial features. This made it seem as if they were targeting the Asian teenager demographic at the expense of other groups of the population.
"Come, Stormrage, and I will show you what happens to those that betray the lord of the Legion!" — Mannoroth.
The panda race as it was designed and implemented feels incongruous in the WoW gameworld. It's too Disney/Pixar and it sticks out like a sore thumb. I honestly wish they had never been put into the game.
It's really left field too. We have villains like the BL and Azshara who had been teased and built up for years, while Pandaria is kind of a breather episode.
That said, the pandaren themselves don't bother me, and how they've been introduced is fair too. I think the neutral race model has potential.
Ok, we talked about people leaving (or not) because of the "childish" pandas theme, but what about new players ?
Imagine your average teen that want to play some MMO. He's new to this market, so he knows nothing about raids, holy trinity etc. His friends don't play any of those games.
So which one will he choose, from a pure thematic point of view:
_ One with lightsabers and Jedi (SWTOR)
_ One with big, bad ass dragons (GW2)
_ One with big boobs women (Terra) ^^
_ One in a spooky world full of cultists and misteries (TSW)
_ or one with pandas ?
maybe it's not about old players, maybe it's because new players aren't lurked into the game anymore. (the exception being of course if you have friends playing WoW)
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There is also an even amount of Seriousness like that Questchain where a person sacrifices himself to grant another one life or the Cutscene where slaughtered Sailors paint the Water red.
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